By Barbara Misztal
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*Why does collective reminiscence matter?
*How is social reminiscence generated, maintained and reproduced?
*How will we clarify alterations within the content material and function of collective memory?
Through a synthesis of previous and new theories of social remembering, this booklet presents the 1st accomplished evaluate of the sociology of reminiscence. This speedily increasing box explores how representations of the earlier are generated, maintained and reproduced via texts, photos, websites, rituals and stories. the most objective of the e-book is to teach to what quantity the research of reminiscence demanding situations sociological understandings of the formation of social identities and conflicts. It illustrates the hot prestige of reminiscence in modern societies through analyzing the complicated relationships among reminiscence and commemoration, reminiscence and identification, reminiscence and trauma, and reminiscence and justice.
The booklet involves six chapters, with the 1st 3 dedicated to conceptualising the method of remembering by means of interpreting memory's functionality, prestige and background, in addition to by way of finding the learn of reminiscence in a broader box of social technological know-how. the second one a part of the ebook without delay explores and discusses theories and experiences of social remembering. After a quick end, which argues that examine of collective reminiscence is a vital a part of any exam of up to date society, the thesaurus bargains a concise and recent evaluation of the improvement of correct theoretical suggestions. the result's a vital textual content for undergraduate classes in social concept, the sociology of reminiscence and a much broader viewers in cultural stories, background and politics.
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Being rooted in oral transmission and commemoration practices, lay memory contained a popular recounting of the family-centred past and memories of the dead. There was no clear distinction between the past and the present as ordinary people felt the past to be so much a part of their present that they perceived no urgent need to preserve it (Duby 1988: 619–20). The pattern of remembering characteristic of peasant societies, with their structuring of the past through family and locality, meant that memories were local rather than ‘national’ (Fentress and Wickham 1992: 153).
The shift from oral culture, through writing and print, to electronic processing of the word has induced changes in the experience of time, brought about a new conception of the past and created growing possibilities for abstract thought. Thus, it can be said that the evolution of the role and form of social memory has been shaped by technological changes in the means of communication, and this is one of the most important factors structuring the status of memory in modern society. The status of memory Our discussion so far suggests that we rely on many social frameworks, institutions, places and objects to help us remember.
In today’s societies, with their diversity of cultures, ethnicities, religions and traditions, we are witnessing the fragmentation of national memory. The processes of globalization, diversification and fragmentation of social interests further enhance the transformation of memory from the master narrative of nations to the episodic narrative of groups. The denationalization of memory, on the one hand, and an arrival of ailing and dispersed memories, on the other, in the context of the growing cultural and ethnic pluralization of societies, have provided a new importance to ethnic identities, whose formation is based on traditional memory narratives.
Theories of Social Remembering (Theorizing Society) by Barbara Misztal